To All My Readers
From Leo C. tha’s me, the ol’
preacher hisself, whoever.
Seems as I got this here query from one of my Bible story
readers. Wanted to know what is it
I believe in anyway? Thought
I had a lot of nerve makin, fun of the ‘Lord's Word’ so to speak. And (musta' been another preacher of some sort), really
wanted to know if I even ever read the ‘Good
the answer to all that there is (hafta' start with the last, first), yep, I done
read the ‘Good Book’ a few times. First
time I done it, I read it like a novel from front to back.
Then one time I tried to read it maybe like one a’them there preachers
(since I got one a’ them certificates too, even if’n I got it mail order), but
never finished readin’ that there way ‘cause it didn’t make no sense
pickin' a chapter or verse here or there.
So, then got me a CD what contained the whole works with some earlier
interpretations and word history, like
where some a’ them translations come from.
Now that was interestin’ and then I started into findin’ associations
of all them ancient words.
there was the way (I figured) to read the ‘Good Book’.
Done found out more things than this ol’ preacher could even absorb.
Got into all sort a’ things like Ancient Mythology; Astrology, the
forerunner of Astronomy; Ancient History, not just the Greeks and Romans, but
them old cats way back when, what started writin’ and recordin’ things,
maybe even before Moses wrote some of the first chapters of the ‘Good Book’.
Them was the Phoenicians and the Babylonians, who were not only good
recorders of events, but great mathematicians, and even world explorers of
sorts. They explored as far as the
Straits of Gibraltar and probably some went further but whatever happened to
them nobody ever found out for sure. My
(educated) guess is that some of them drifted off to sea and floated to the new
world. Might even drifted off to
Ireland and became my ancestors. But,
be that as it may.
answer to the last question was, ‘Yep, I done read the ‘Good Book’, and of
course that brings up the question of ‘Do I believe it?’,.
Well now, that is a Yes/No kinda’ question. Yes, I believe some of it as it is a sort of history of the
Israelites (I won’t use the name Jews as they are only one tribe of the
Israelites, The Tribe of Judah). And,
from the time of Moses, when he started recording what was happening to the 12
tribes in the desert and the books
of those that came after Moses and kept up with the history
after they got to the ‘Promised Land’, and even tells us what
happened to them up 'til the time of Jesus Christ.
Seems to be fairly accurate history, so, yep, I believe that.
So, my assessment of the ‘Good Book’ as a history book is that I
believe it to be a fairly accurate account of a certain part of history.
about the rest? Now, some of the
rest is some tales and stories about certain individuals, like Adam
and Eve, and like maybe Esther, and Job, and a few others that were
picked out and recorded. Are they true? Who
knows? I get the idea they were like the stories you might tell your kids with
nice outcomes (‘see what happens to good little kids’). Those kind of
stories were not only used in the Bible to point out how to live and be good but
even carried over to all sort of nationalities to more or less point the way.
So my assessment of the ‘Good Book’ as a story book is that you can
take it or leave it. They are just stories that point the way, so to speak.
They tell what happens if'n you are ‘good’ and what happens if'n you
are ‘bad’. Even the books of
Psalms and Proverbs is a sort of ancient ‘Poor
Richards Almanac’, sayings to live by.
what’s left? Well, we got some
books of Daniel and a bunch of Prophets, and even John’s Revelation. Do I believe that? I
guess I have to believe it in the light of past history. If I am going to believe in a Supreme Being, then I am going
to have to believe in some of that Being’s manner of informing us of what we
might expect. Now here is the
part of the ‘Good Book’ that starts the rebellions rampant with religion.
Nobody, it seems, understands Daniel or John.
They think of Daniel as dreaming and John as an ol’ goat about to die
and lookin’ fer an out. But, then
both said they were inspired to write these things by an angel of God.
And, both wrote essentially the same thing although centuries apart.
It seems Daniel was trying to tell the Israelites, who at the time were
headin’ downhill, what would befall them in the last days of civilization.
And, John was inspired to write to the new Christians to inform them to
‘keep the faith’ ’til the end of time.
Both of these books tell the same tale.
And, based on mankind’s ways and mankind’s inhumanity toward mankind,
I would have to believe we will bring all these woes upon ourselves.
God, a Supreme Being, or even the ‘Big Guy’ won’t have to do a
thing except clean up the mess we make in trying to annihilate ourselves.
believe it will happen? You bet I
do. We are headed toward an end
which will be the result of wars, famine, disease, hunger, and all sort of human
caused problems. We are selfish so
the most selfish will try to control the worlds resourses.. We are greedy, so the greediest will try to end up with
‘the works’. We are lazy so the
laziest will want the less lazy to do their work.
We are jealous of each others possessions so want the same as everyone
else and will even go to war to get it. We
are mostly overindulgent in everything and this planet just cannot support
overindulgences. So our
overindulgences will eventually strip the planet of life giving necessities. We
all want everything we can get without regard to the needs of the rest of
mankind so some of us may get it but by that time it will not be worth having.
So is this outcome inevitable? Yep,
the only thing that will save what is left of mankind is the ‘Big Guy’s
intervention. If I read John
and Daniel and the Prophets right, we have no recourse because by our greed and
passions we will just kill ourselves. The
‘Big Guy’ will just come around and pick up the pieces that are left and
make something (good) out of them.
So, do I
believe the Bible? Well, I guess
it tells what happens when we were told not to eat green apples and we did,
take care now, ya’heah